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SG-W:/ Regarding a Referendum
- Subject: SG-W:/ Regarding a Referendum
- From: Smileysmlc@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 12:48:26 EDT
Referenda can be excellent ways to assert the public interest. One
cautionary tale, however:
I recall, several years ago, when people in the City of Dearborn petitioned
to overturn a City Council decision to rezone a particular piece of property
to allow a condominium development. The needed signatures were gathered, and
an election date was set. A vote of the people ultimately reversed the
rezoning which had been passed by the Council.
Unfortunately, during the time required to do the referendum, the developer
proceeded with breaking ground for his development and actually starting some
construction. He sued to overturn the referendum and prevailed.
The lesson? You may need to get a temporary restraining order to prevent
development until the referendum is voted upon.
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